I was too absorbed in my cheese fantasies last night to write about the actual Oscars party. It was intended to be a low-key get-together originally suggested by E and Miss G (aka Coco). Since AK and I have eaten countless meals of succulent BBQ meats over at the Raggedies during football season (the men support different teams of course – AK bleeds red and gold for the Redskins, and Mr. Raggedy is a die-hard Cowboys fan), we thought it was due time to invite the whole clan over, including their two adorable kids, Fairy Princess M (for her most memorable pink Halloween outfit handmade by Mrs. Raggedy – who knew that motherhood could bestow such handy sewing skills?) and Dinosaur P (for his favorite animal and the furry green Triceratops Easter basket he is known to wear on his head from time to time).
While Princess M quietly drew pictures with her markers (later presented to me as gifts – such a gracious guest), Dinosaur P was searching for ways to get his hands on more cheese (hey, I’m not the only person who was enamored). His mom had already put the kibosh on his cheese consumption, but the clever little tike came over to me (as hostess, my power to dispense food must have been clear to him), looked up with his puppy eyes and a sheepish grin, and started climbing all over me, softly chanting “crackers…crackers…crackers” (in his mind, crackers = cheese). The power of manipulation is already strong with this one.
One interesting conversation topic that came up during the event was this: What is your favorite Doraemon (小叮噹) gadget?” The discussion started when Coco saw my miniature collection on the bookshelf (see photo above). Everyone wanted different things: me, the “anywhere door” (任意門) and the “memory bread” (背書麵包); E, the time machine (時光機); and Coco, both the “anywhere door” (任意門) and the “bamboo dragonfly”/propeller (竹蜻蜓). I wonder what our choices say about us?
It’s actually quite incredible how much influence this mechanical cat from the future has on anyone who grew up in Taiwan during the 70s and 80s (before 小叮噹 became 哆來A夢). It was 小叮噹 who first introduced me to the great plains of the Serengeti (「嘩，一望無際的非洲大草原！」), the idea that there exists a place in the world where you get 360 degrees of the horizon (地平線) as far as your eyes can see. Decades later, this fantastical idea, first planted into my head when I was probably only 7 or 8, became a reality and became both my post-Bar trip (the trip that all to-be lawyers take after studying for the intensive bar exam) and my honeymoon trip. Thank you, 小叮噹, for expanding my world!